​Oneida County History Center

Make Your Mark in History 

May 18-20, 2018

A 3 day history conference aimed to highlight the role of women in local history and promote women's issues in the greater Mohawk Valley. Speakers will include experts in women’s studies and history, and community leaders that are currently shaping the Mohawk Valley. More information available on www.womeninthemohawkvalley.com

13th annual ochc telethon raises over $24,000!

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2018 Telethon ​presented by the Masonic Care Community

Membership is one of the most rewarding ways to experience Oneida County's past, present, and future.
​Saturday, April 7 at 1:00 pm- Book Signing- The Balance of Justice

The Balance of Justice: the Utica Streetcar Murder of 1872 is a biographical novel based on the story of Josephine McCarty, a woman indicted for murder in 1872 for shooting a man on a street car filled with witnesses.  Join author Eileen Hospicker to explore the journey and mystery of Josephine.

Saturday, April 21 at 1:00 pm- Soldiers Joy

Join Bill Fahy and Amanda Straney as they perform music of the Civil War on banjo, guitar, and fiddle. This talented due will also share the stories behind the songs with letters and accounts from soldiers of Oneida County and NY State. Don’t miss this family-friendly program that celebrates “the first real American music” – the music of the Civil War.

Saturday, April 28 at 1:00 pm- Book Signing: The Minister's War

The Minister's War: John W. Mears, the Oneida Community, and the Crusade for Public Morality, by Michael Doyle, is a riveting account of Presbyterian minister John W. Mears's crusade against the Oneida Community and is one of the first books to examine the anti-Oneida Community movements that sprung up during the nineteenth century. Join the author to discuss and sign copies of this title.

Saturday, May 5 at 1:00 pm- A Brief History: Hyde Hall, the Clarke Family and the Restoration of Hyde Hall

John Bower, Hyde Hall Marketing Manager, will present an illustrated discussion of the history and preservation of Historic Hyde Hall, a fifty-room mansion designed by Albany's celebrated architect Phillip Hooker. This National Landmark and New York State Historic Site was built between 1817 and 1834 by George T. Clarke and served as home to five generations of the Clark Family.

Saturday, May 12 at 1:00 pm- Spring Trout & Strawberry Pancakes

Author William J. “Jay” O’Hern invites you to take a journey back to the old-time Adirondack camps and homesteads to meet backwoods characters and see some of the rough shelters built by guides. This program shares the stories of the characters and camps celebrated in his book Spring Trout and Strawberry Pancakes: Borrowed Tales, Quirky Cures, Camp Recipes and the Adirondack Characters Who Cook Them Up.

Saturday, May 19- 8:00 am- 5:00 pm- Women in the Mohawk Valley History Conference History Talks & Lectures
Visit www.WomenInTheMohawkValley.com for more information.

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Hours of Operation

Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Saturday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

*Closed Saturday, April 14, 2018*

The Oneida County History Center raised over $24,000 during our 13th annual telethon held on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 from 6:30-8:00 pm. The telethon was broadcast live on WUTR-TV from the history center’s main gallery and encouraged community members and organizations to call in and pledge; $24,495.00 in new memberships, membership renewals, and donations were received.  Thank you to the many individuals and organizations who showed their support. 
Several organizations, businesses, and individuals were recognized during the broadcast as part of the ‘Historical Star’ board and special check presentations. The history center staff, volunteers, and board of trustees would like extend a special thanks our Naming, Major, Gold, and Silver Star sponsors.